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2019 Australian Grand Dairy Awards Champions Crowned

Australia’s cream of the crop dairy and cheese products have been announced at this year’s Australian Grand Dairy Awards, held in Melbourne last night.

Victoria scooped the highest number of champion titles, taking out eight of the eighteen categories, while Western Australia claimed four, Tasmania and Queensland were each awarded two and New South Wales and South Australia collected one champion title.

Led by Chief Judge, Russell Smith alongside a suite of cheesemongers and technical specialists including guest judge, US-based specialty cheese buyer, Mariah Christensen, the 12-strong judging panel critiqued over 400 products across 18 categories to determine the finest Australian dairy produce.

The highest accolades, Grand Champion Dairy and Grand Champion Cheese, were this year awarded to producers from Western Australia and Tasmania.

Western Australian producer, Mundella Foods, was crowned Grand Champion Dairy for their Greek Honey Yoghurt, and Tasmania’s Lion Dairy and Drinks was awarded the Grand Champion Cheese title for their King Island Roaring Forties Blue Cheese.

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Australian Grand Dairy Awards, the Australian public was also encouraged to get behind their favourite products and vote online for the People’s Choice Award.

This year, Maleny Dairies was voted Australia’s favourite for their Farmers Choice Non-Homogenised Milk.

The full list of finalists for the 2019 Australian Grand Dairy Awards can be found in the table below. For more information on the Australian Grand Dairy Awards, visit http://www.legendairy.com.au/dairyawards.

About Australian Grand Dairy Awards

The Australian Grand Dairy Awards recognise and reward excellence and quality in Australian dairy produce, paying tribute to the achievements of the highly-skilled specialists who develop and make the products. Celebrating their twentieth year, the Australian Grand Dairy Awards are Australia’s most prestigious national dairy awards and the highest accolade for Australian dairy producers.

Visit http://www.legendairy.com.au/dairyawards for more information.

2019 Australian Grand Dairy Awards Champions

Category Producer  Product 
 Fresh Unripened Cheese Montefiore Cheese Aust   Montefiore Trecce
White Mould Apostle Whey Cheese  Apostle Whey Cheese Southern Briez 
Hard Cheese  Floridia Cheese  Floridia Cheese Pecorino Pepato 
Goats, Sheep or Buffalo Milk Cheese   That's Amore Cheese That's Amore Buffalo Ricotta 
Natural Yoghurt  Jalna Dairy Foods   Jalna Biodynamic Organic Whole Milk Yoghurt
Ice Cream  Dooley's Ice Cream  Dooley's Premium Chocolate Ice Cream 
Dairy Gelato  Fritz Gelato  Fritz Gelato Hazelnut 
Butter   Fonterra Brands (Aust) - Cobden  Western Star Salted Butter
Semi-Hard Cheese  Dellendale Creamery  Dellendale Creamery Torndirrup Appenzelle 
Flavoured Cheese  Dellendale Creamery  Dellendale Creamery Torndirrup Native Herb 
Flavoured Yoghurt  Mundella Foods  Mundella Greek Honey Yoghurt 
Milk  Parmalat Australia - Harvey Fresh Harvey Fresh Farmhouse Gold Full Cream Milk 
Blue Cheese  Lion Dairy & Drinks - King Island  King Island Dairy Roaring Forties Blue 
Washed Rind Cheese  Lion Dairy & Drinks - Burnie  Tasmanian Heritage Red Square 
Modified Milk  Barambah Organics  Barambah Organics Light Milk 
Flavoured Milk   Parmalat Australia - Nambour Ice Break Bold Espresso 
Cream  Tweedvale Milk Tweedvale Pure Double Cream
Cheddar  Bega Cheese Limited Bega Heritage Reserve Vintage



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